Official advice onlow fat diet and statins under fire

It’s been a great week if you don’t believe that eating a low fat diet is the way to stay healthy and protect your heart. It’s also been good if you are sceptical about statins being a sensible way of cutting your risk of a heart attack when you haven’t had one. Each of these radical […]

Cardiologist: time to stop demonising saturated fat

At first sight geology and nutrition have little in common but a major shift in thinking about the surface of earth is a handy way of highlighting a major change in ideas about how to cut the risk of heart disease with diet.  Back in the 1920’s a meteorologist called Alfred Wegener came up with […]

Could cutting carbs boost cancer treatment?

Could you improve your cancer treatment by following a very low carbohydrate diet? Do statin studies really show they are more likely to harm than help you, if you haven’t already had a heart attack? These are just two of the questions raised by two articles in a new blog I’ve helped to create, which has just […]

Confused about calories? No wonder

What would make you put on the most weight – eating 5000 calories a day on a high fat/low carb diet or 5000 calories on a high carb/low fat diet? To a conventional nutritionist this will sound like dietary version of the old school-days trick question: Which is heavier a ton of bricks or a ton […]

Antipsychotics: firmly on the wall of shame for quackery and woo.

Quackery and woo are among the favourite insults directed at anyone who practices most forms of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) – and especially those who use of homeopathy, herbs or vitamins – by staunch and vocal supporters of evidence based medicine.  However a feature in the Daily Mail today describes a class of drugs […]

Could your blood pressure reading be wrong?

An essential part of any health check-up is getting a blood pressure reading. But when the doctor inflates that cuff around your arm and then releases it, what exactly is being measured? A feature of mine in the Daily Mail today sets out a radical new picture of hypertension. It explains why some people on blood […]

Benzos: Beware the baddest drugs in a doctor’s armoury.

Benzodiazepines are the serial offenders of the drugs’ cabinet with a cluster of pharmaceuticals ASBOs to their name. They’ve been around since the 1960s and are generally given if you are complaining of the likes of insomnia or anxiety – family names include temazepam (for sleep) and the tranquillizer valium.   They have a charge sheet that […]

Manflu: a new twist to the debate

Manflu is one of the not so hardy perennials of domestic debate. Are men justified in claiming unlimited sympathy when they retire to bed with flu on the grounds that they actually suffer more than their wives or partners or is this self-serving myth? The dispute has even popped up as part of the ongoing […]

The Alzheimer’s charities are in a hole but they keep digging

Earlier this week I won freelance consumer journalist of the year at the Medical Journalists’ Association awards which was fantastic. You had to send in three features to enter and two of mine each focused on a different non-drug treatment that might help with Alzheimer’s. I mention this because looking at them again I was freshly shocked […]

Why hounding homeopaths is both batty and arrogant.

There is no shortage of villains in the world. Psychopaths – domestic and national – whalers, toxic waste dumpers, global eavesdroppers, billionaire tax avoiders and their army of accountants –  all well worth campaigning against with the aim of getting them banged up or forced to cough up. There is also an infinite supply of […]